New Brunswick

Saint John City Market escalator upgrades complete

The Saint John City Market has finally taken it up a level. After eight months of renovations, the new escalator and elevator are finally installed and running.

Construction took almost 8 months, but old escalator was broken longer

The Saint John City Market has finally taken it up a level.

After eight months of renovations, the new escalator and elevator are finally installed and running.

The dilapidated escalator was a long-running joke among residents, with many tweeting that they thought the new escalator's day would never come.

People are excited, but not everybody has had the chance to test it out, since it doesn't officially open until tomorrow morning.

Sue Murray comes to the market almost every day, and just noticed it as she walked through the door. She was crossing the street to get in, as many have done while the pedway was closed.

"I forgot that it was working, or I would have come up that way," she said. "This is the first I've seen all of this done."

"Difficult to maintain"

Construction was still going on at the end of July, after starting back in January. (Jericho Knopp)
The city started upgrades in early January, after deciding that the structure was becoming too costly to keep fixing. The escalator was old, and the parts were hard to come by. 

Also, the elevator wasn't big enough to suit the needs of the public.

Then, construction dragged on from January until June, then July, then finally August. On Friday afternoon, the upgrades passed final inspection and quietly, the structure was reopened.

When Brunswick Square found out, they were surprised as well.

But one Saint Johner was jokingly unimpressed.

Numerous upgrades

The elevator also received an upgrade, and there were improvements to the lighting and flooring, plus a new coat of paint in the area. (Jericho Knopp)
The revamp didn't just include the new equipment. They also upgraded the lighting and flooring, and gave the space a fresh coat of paint.

Kaylee Barnes works at Land and Sea Apparel in the market, and said it's nice to finally be able to tell tourists where to go again.

"I've taken it up once and it was great!" she said of her inaugural escalator ride. "Yeah, it was great to actually have things running."

"You just didn't actually expect it to ever open again, but now that it has, it's nice."